Allegorical cars, floats, mojigangas, marionettes, and giant catrinas evoke, in a kilometer of length, the diverse migratory stages of the City of Mexico, because in this occasion the parade was dedicated to “the migrants who have lost their lives in their transit towards other lands.”
The festivity in which Mexicans receive our ancestors, who come back from the beyond to visit us, try their favorite dishes, drink a tequila and, taking advantage of it, smoke a cigar, went beyond the domestic sphere to take full ownership of the public space: the parade counted with about 2 million attendees eager to participate in this event framed by the Day of the Dead.
The parade was divided into two parts, each with three segments. In the first, the subdivisions were ‘The Great Tenochtilan’, ‘Those who came to stay’, and ‘The refuge city’, covering the first migration from Aztlán in search of a sign: the eagle standing in a cactus devouring a snake; then, those who came to settle here from the Viceroyalty and, later, those who came to take refuge in Mexico City during the twentieth century, are remembered, due to the war that ravaged their countries of origin.
In the second part, the first theme was the Pre-Hispanic legacy as our main root; the second segment was dedicated to the tradition of the party, where the skulls dance and happiness reigns; in the end, the theme was technology and the future, where the progress of the country is celebrated from the Mexican Revolution.
Creativity, the union of families and friends were present in this great celebration, where death flirts with the living, seduces us to subjugate us and achieves it, because nothing better than to die of joy, proud to be Mexican because we have roots for honor our past and wings to go back to the future.